We asked a few local leaders to share some of their favorite things about Columbus
Bob Hunter, Local historian and former Dispatch sports columnist
“I like the Isaac Miner house for both its history and its impudence,” says the author of “A Historical Guidebook to Old Columbus.” “The two-story house of brick and walnut faces the wrong way behind a row of houses at 918 Eaton Ave. on what used to be the front lawn of a 1,000-acre farm that fronted today's Greenlawn Avenue. Miner—a Franklin County judge, president of the canal board and state Supreme Court justice—moved into the house in 1823. City pioneer Lincoln Goodale supervised its construction. Close friend Henry Clay was entertained here, and Edwin M. Stanton, Abraham Lincoln's secretary of war, was a frequent visitor. His daughter, Mary, donated the land to create Green Lawn Cemetery.”
Angela Pace, WBNS-TV director of community affairs and former anchor
“I could not exist without Weiland's Market. Weiland's has been my kitchen for most of the 25 years I've lived in Clintonville. I don't cook, so the prepared meals and the deli case are a godsend. ... Best of all, I can pick up my monthly ration of Grey Goose without leaving the building.”
Melanie Corn, President of the Columbus College of Art and Design
The city's dynamic arts scene has made a big impression on the art historian since she moved to Columbus in 2016. Her favorite new arts studio? Blockfort on North Sixth Street in the Discovery District. “It's fantastic to have such an amazing art space with so many CCAD alumni,” she says. And her favorite concert venue? Columbus Commons. “You can't beat lounging outside on a beautiful summer night and listening to some great music,” she says.
Bob Weiler, Columbus developer and civic leader
For nearly 60 years, the chairman of the Robert Weiler Co. has met his wife Missy every Tuesday for lunch at Schmidt's Sausage Haus, 240 E. Kossuth St. The couple started the standing date to nurture their relationship—and they've been remarkably devoted to the tradition, rarely missing more than five lunches a year. These days, other family members typically join them: their son Skip and his wife Linda as well as their daughter Dawn and their granddaughter Amy. “We don't need menus anymore,” says Weiler, who usually orders the broiled fish.
Joel Riley, WTVN morning radio host
“I have golf sickness,” says the veteran broadcaster, who hits the links at least three times a week during the season. That devotion has helped him gain an appreciation of Columbus' many fine public courses. “Two city courses by Robert Trent Jones Sr.? C'mon,” Riley says, referring to the famed golf course architect. But if pressed to name a favorite Central Ohio public course, Riley chooses Chapel Hill Golf Course in his hometown of Mount Vernon. “The course is always a cut above when it comes to condition, and they have an all-inclusive deal where you can play golf all day for $60 with food and drink included,” he says. “I've played 54 and still had daylight left.”